I love these monthly Nightstand posts because they offer me the opportunity to look back and reflect on what I’ve been reading. Sometimes I feel like I make very little progress in my reading due to the many other demands on my time, but when I consider the month, and certainly the year, I realize that I’ve covered a good bit of ground. That makes the list-checker in me happy!
This month I’ve spent most of my time with nonfiction, devotional material. I consider these books “comfort reads” because even if they challenge me (which they usually do), I am comforted by them because they draw me closer to God. I’ve read these two excellent books this month:
- A Mother’s Heart by Jean Fleming (read my thoughts here)
- Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver (review forthcoming)
I also spent a good deal of my free time one week of the month of June prepping and reading for Narnia Week here at Hope Is the Word. This was a lot of fun, but it was time consuming. For this celebration which I did in conjunction with Carrie‘s Narnia Challenge, I scanned Roar! by Heather Kopp (my thoughts here) and thoroughly enjoyed The Magician’s Nephew again (my thoughts here).
I guess that means I only read three books in the month of July from cover to cover. Of course, that doesn’t take into account the magazines I perused, the books I read snippets from but didn’t review (I often practically read a whole book without intending to by just reading a little here and there), the many, many books I read aloud to my girls, and the Bible study books I’ve been reading in preparation for teaching Sunday School and for my own enjoyment. (I’m trying to give myself a little credit here–bear with me.)
Hands down the best book I read the entire month, though, is the chapter book my girls and I enjoyed together. I had the privilege of introducing my girls to Narnia for the first time. You can read about this lovely experience here.
And now, on to August. I started re-reading Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca in anticipation of next week’s Classics Bookclub at 5 Minutes for Books yesterday while my girls played at the splash pad. I’m hooked, again. 🙂 Also, I have an interlibrary loan book at home right now that is due August 5. I requested this one, The Flame Tree by Richard Lewis, after reading a review of it on Sherry’s blog. Sherry reiterated her recommendation of The Flame Tree in this post about what sounds like a really fun challenge for August, the One Shot World Tour–Southeast Asia at Chasing Ray. I started reading The Flame Tree but soon got engrossed in Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, which I was trying to read simultaneously, so the YA book fell by the wayside. I hope to pick it back up. Otherwise, who knows? One thing is certain–I do not lack for reading material. My TBR shelf is crammed full.